The Goliath Birdwing Butterfly (Ornithoptera goliath) is, as its name suggests, one of the biggest species of butterfly in the world. It is also one of the most dramatic and beautiful. With a wingspan of up to 28 centimetres (11 inches), these astonishing creatures are native to New Guinea and its neighbouring islands.
The task of capturing the delicate beauty of a butterfly presents a special challenge to the ceramic artist, but it is one which is relished by our team here at Bronte Porcelain. How can we hope to convey the shimmering, delicate ephemeral colours of a butterfly’s wings on a solid piece of porcelain? As I am sure you will agree from the photograph on this page, we have succeeded admirably in meeting that challenge; and a photo can scarcely do justice to the breathtaking beauty of this very special piece.
First, the large-sized jewellery box and lid are cast in fine bone china, glazed and fired before the artist begins work. On the cover of the box the background shading is built up and the butterflies themselves are first sketched out, before the detail and colour of their markings are built up in stages, using a very special palette of ceramic pigments, lustres and metallic colours to create an image that truly catches the eye. Each box will require several applications of colour, and will be fired in the kiln after each stage to seal them in place.
If you wish, we can add a personal inscription of your choice to the box, making this not only a very special but a genuinely unique gift. The piece is supplied in a hand-made, silk-lined presentation box.
Box Height: 50mm
Box Diameter: 215mm